Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Squall Line Vol. 2

I know I don’t often write about economics and such, but I have an opinion on the mess we’re in and how to get out of it.

My mama always said, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Okay, I’ll blog it. Sugar-coating or silence is not going to get us anywhere.

Wasn’t America founded on the free enterprise system? Is the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well or are we on a fast slide into socialism?

I am not an economist or a politician, but I’m a business owner with a good measure of common sense. I know that regardless of who’s in office or in control of Congress, I am ultimately responsible for my health care, my income and my well-being. I do NOT want the government managing those things for me.

Have the people of America forgotten that all government spending is rooted in taxation? It’s not like the government runs a profitable business to fund their ideas!! (In fact, quite the opposite!)

I received the following email and couldn’t say it better, though I don’t know who wrote it:

Does anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the Department of Energy during the Carter Administration?
Anybody? Anything? No?
Didn't think so.
Bottom line . . we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember.
It was very simple, and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate.
The Department of Energy was instituted 8-04-1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. And now it’s 2008, 31 years later and the budget for this necessary department is at $24.2 billion a year. They have 16,000 federal employees and approximately 100,000 contract employees and look at what has been accomplished.

This is where you slap your forehead and say “What were we thinking?”Ah yes, good ole bureaucracy. And now we are going to turn the Banking
System over to the government? God Help us.

So what do we do? Stick our heads in the sand? Mullygrub with the best of ‘em?
Or do we fight?

David Wilkerson’s recent newsletter, titled "A Time to Weep and A Time to Fight", he exhorts us to “get back our fight.”
To quote Hebrews 12:12,13 from The Message:
“So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!”

Get back your fight!

I'm going to fight evil with good. I am going to fight depression with joy. I am going to fight down-sizing with praise. I am going to fight the good fight of faith.

Now it’s your turn. If something’s on your mind and you post in the next day or three about it, link back below using Squall Line’s Mr. Linky. Please be sure to put the direct link to that post.

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Edie said...

Excellent squall Beverly! Someone else was asking me if I was ready to fight tonight. hmmmm...

Greg C said...

I love it. Great post. I heard today that the big three want 25 Billion "for starters" This CEO said "America can't afford to let our auto industry fail." I hate to tell him, it already did. I think he was trying to say "America, please don't let them take away my 20 million a year sallary."

I actually do remember the Department of Energy. They are the ones who made us put a 25 million dollar cleanup unit on our plant and then sell the better coal to China who has no emission controls. We are burning dirt at the moment and it doesn't burn well. :) Thanks Government.

Fuschia said...

Get 'em girl!
I agree 100%!!

America is in trouble because America is in debt; America is in debt because America has no self-control!

Pinkshoelady said...

I like what my nine year old said a day after the election

"We better start watching the eastern sky!"


PS Thanks for praying for our trip. God really moved all was at peace.

Anonymous said...

I can't even get started or I'd write a book. I was wondering if I am the ONLY person on earth that remembers what socialism is, and why it is we purposely chose the free enterprise system. Socialism, Marxism, all those things sound good on paper, but in real life it doesn't work. I think we need to send our politicians the comedians line . . . "Here's your sign!"